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Bursaspor fall from grace

Published: Saturday 15 May 2004, 18.14CET
Bursaspor have been relegated for the first time since the Turkish league began in 1959 despite winning.

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Published: Saturday 15 May 2004, 18.14CET

Bursaspor fall from grace

Bursaspor have been relegated for the first time since the Turkish league began in 1959 despite winning.

Bursaspor have been relegated for the first time since the professional Turkish league began in 1959 despite a 1-0 win against Samsunspor.

Victory in vain
Istanbulspor AS, Akçaabat Sebatspor and Çaykur Rizespor were all also victorious, meaning Bursaspor join long-relegated Adanaspor and Elazigspor in the drop. Okan Yilmaz scored Bursaspor's only goal.

Balili the hero
A 2-0 win against Konyaspor kept Istanbulspor up, Israeli striker Pini Balili scoring both goals for the visitors. Akcaabat came from behind twice to beat MKE Ankaragücü 3-2 with Orhan Kaynak claiming the winner in a game where all goals came in the first half.

Promoted trio
Meanwhile, Serkan Özdemir's penalty gave Rizespor a crucial 1-0 victory against third-placed Besiktas JK. Sakaryaspor AS, Erciyesspor and Büyüksehir Belediyesi Ankaraspor are the three sides that will replace Bursaspor, Adanaspor and Elazigspor.

Four-point margin
Champions Fenerbahçe SK lost 4-2 at home to Malatyaspor on Friday, meaning their eventual victory margin was closed to four points by Trabzonspor following a 2-2 draw against Gençlerbirligi SK, who the league runners-up had beaten 4-0 in the Turkish Cup final. Trabzonspor join Fenerbahçe in next season's UEFA Champions League with Besiktas and Gençlerbirligi entering the UEFA Cup.

Galatasaray miss out
Gaziantepspor finished in fourth after winning 4-1 against Diyarbakirspor, aided by a Hasan Özer hat-trick. Galatasaray SK missed out on Europe after finishing sixth, but ended by coming from behind to beat bottom side Elazigspor 3-1 behind closed doors. Adanaspor's Superleague stay ended with a 4-1 win against fifth-placed Denizlispor who were reduced to ten men when Ersen Martin was dismissed after 53 minutes with the score at 2-0.
 

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